Our First Look: 2013 Ford Explorer

There are a few changes to the Ford Explorer for 2013, but the most exciting is the addition of the new Ford Explorer Sport model*.  It is something that our customers have been asking for and we are happy that Ford has delivered.  This new model has a lot of unprecedented updates that we are happy to share with you…

Introducing the NEW Explorer Model:

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

SPORT Performance:

3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine and sport-specific suspension that combines driver-oriented handling with power and efficiency

  • 350 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque (1)
  • 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with paddle shifters allows the driver to take control or it can manage the shifts automatically
  • Sport-tuned suspension offers impressive driving and handling characteristics
  • Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System delivers overall handling and traction

(1) Based on preliminary test data. Ratings achieved with 93-octane fuel.

SPORT Detailed Exterior:

With well-defined exterior treatments, the newest member of the family is distinctly Explorer — and uniquely SPORT:

• Exclusive SPORT-design painted grille

• Projector beam halogen headlamps with blackout treatment

• Black lower bodyside cladding

• Black roof side rails with black end caps

• Black liftgate trim

• LED (light-emitting diode) taillamps with blackout treatment

• 20″ aluminum wheels with dark painted pockets with the SPORT badging on wheel

• P255/50R20 BSW all-season tires

Other Changes to the 2013 Ford Explorer:


•  New Front-passenger knee airbag standard



*Image from cars.com. New colors have been highlighted

•  New Paint

— Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

— Oxford White

—Kodiak Brown Metallic

— Green Gem Metallic

— Deep Impact Blue Metallic

•  Deleted Paint

— White Suede 

— Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat 

— Dark Blue Pearl Metallic

•  New

— HID Headlamps with Auto High Beams available on Limited 


•  New

— Heated Steering Wheel available on Limited 

— Power Tilt/Telescoping steering column available on Limited 

— 2nd Row Bucket Seats and center console available on XLT

— 6-way Power Front-Passenger Seat with Manual Recline and Lumbar Standard on XLT


•  New

— Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist available on Limited 

— New Final Drive Ratio’s for the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 Engine

•  Changed

— Available Class III Trailer Tow Package (includes SelectShift Automatic® Transmission, Engine Oil cooler (not included with Sport) & 4.7 – PIN Wiring Harness) 

Academy Ford’s Favorites:

Everything about the NEW Sport Model

Available Heated Steering wheel on Limited

Available 2nd Row Bucket Seats and center console on XLT

What are some of your favorite features of the NEW 2013 Ford Explorer? Let us know in the comments section below or if you have any questions you can leave them in the comments or reach out to one of our Product Knowledge Specialists directly at (301)419-2700.

*The NEW 2013 Ford Explorer Sport model will not be available until the 3rd quarter of this year. 
2 Responses to “Our First Look: 2013 Ford Explorer”
  1. Donielle Dean says:

    I love my BLIS! What a great tool!!

  2. BLIS is such a great technology. It takes all the guess work out of the morning rush hour traffic merging. What’s not to love about that ?! 🙂 In case anyone wants more info about BLIS check this out http://media.ford.com/images/10031/BLIS.pdf

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